Unemployment has risen for the first time since 2013, a new study has indicated.
Research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that the number of people out of work rose to 1.85 million in March to May 2015, marking a rise of 15,000 from the three months to February 2015.
This marks the first quarterly increase since January to March 2013. As well as the rising unemployment, the number of people in work dropped by 67,000 to 30.98 million between March and May.
However, there were some positive findings, as average weekly earnings including bonuses have increased at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent n the last three months. This is the fastest rate in five years while pay excluding bonuses rose at 2.8 per cent.
Female employment also reached a record high of 68.7 per cent, marking a rise of 159,000 from the same period in 2014.
Employment minister Priti Patel said: “The strength of the UK labour market is something we should take great pride in. Today’s figures show real wages growing at the fastest rate since 2007, and near record numbers of women in work.”
Mark Beatson, CIPD chief economist also commented on the figures, noting that many companies still do not have pay reviews because they do not feel wages need to rise or they are offering low rises as they cannot pay more.
The findings also showed that youth unemployment dropped by 92,000 over the last year, putting it at its lowest level since 2008.
With unemployment a key issue for the government, it is vital that companies are in a position where they can offer the best possible pay and rewards to workers, especially at a time when industries are becoming increasingly competitive.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 17th July 2015
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